From End of the Pier Show (Henry Gee at Nature Network):
".....In the office I googled ‘pain au chocolate’ and instead of receiving the usual error – ‘Did you mean “pain au chocolat”?’ – I got scads of recipes for the fictitious pastry with the extra ‘e’. Had the world gone mad? To check, I bearded my colleague Oliver Morton, Nature’s respected Chief News and Features Editor, a man who combines wit, a forthright manner and urban sophistication with an ability to spell. He reasured me that, no, I hadn’t gone mad, and that the superfluous ‘e’ was (and I quote) “a sad reflection on the world in which we live”.... "
Read on for thoughts on spelling, careers and the fragility of trust -- not to mention train journeys even more insanely early than mine. Though my train doesn't have a buffet. Hence no hurtful product of the cocoa bean, no "almost coffee", and no excuse for a blog post. (Debra, if you are reading, please note with, I hope, approval, the last comma in that list in the previous sentence.)